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Clerical Officer (Local Courts)

Court officers assist in the effective operation of courts.

Duties & Tasks
Court officers may perform the following tasks:
  • announce the beginning and end of court sessions
  • call on witnesses and administer the prescribed oath to jurors and witnesses
  • administer the jury roster and post court lists on notice boards
  • keep records of court processes served
  • enforce court decisions by executing court orders, and serving legal orders and documents such as summonses or subpoenas
  • maintain the orderly conduct of court and hearing rooms and adjacent areas
  • attend to judges or magistrates, escorting them from chambers to the courtroom
  • record and protect exhibits tendered in court and pass them to participants during the hearing
  • maintain security, care and control of jury panels
  • liaise with the judiciary, police department and legal professionals, and advise the public on legal procedures and practices
  • run the court registries and maintain the court files
  • open and close court and hearing room proceedings
  • organise furniture for court and hearing rooms
  • allocate rooms for use by legal practitioners
  • prepare audiovisual equipment for court and hearing rooms
  • escort prisoners to and from courtrooms
  • summon potential jurors to court.
  • Working conditions
    Court officers are required to liaise between the magistracy, legal practitioners and members of the public.
    Personal requirements
  • high level of maturity
  • good character
  • able to communicate with a range of people
  • aptitude for clerical duties
  • feel comfortable in a legal environment
  • able to exercise a high level of responsibility.
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